Coronavirus: the 7th C affecting the 6Cs. A focus on compassion, care and touch

Jacqueline Johnstone, Debbie Duncan

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The C0VID-19 pandemic has challenged everyone in society, from children who are no longer able to attend school and nursery to adults trying to juggle working at home and vulnerable members of society who have needed to self-isolate. NHS staff and key workers also need to juggle their family situations and many will have to adapt their practice and ways of working to address the demands placed on the NHS during this time. The current pandemic has altered the nature of services being provided to patients, and staff are now wearing personal protective equipment, with many being redeployed to ward areas. This article considers the 6Cs of nursing and the challenges faced by staff during the COVID-19 pandemic, with a primary focus on care and compassion. The vital role that touch has in the care of the patient and family is also considered.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)928-933
Number of pages6
JournalBritish Journal of Nursing
Issue number15
Early online date11 Aug 2021
Publication statusPublished - 12 Aug 2021


  • General Nursing


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